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Local communities' perceptions towards economic impacts from ecotourism development in Klim Karst Geoforest Park, Langkawi

Ahmad, Nurul Azwa and Shuib, Ahmad and Ramachandran, Sridar and Mohammad Afandi, Syamsul Herman (2015) Local communities' perceptions towards economic impacts from ecotourism development in Klim Karst Geoforest Park, Langkawi. In: International Conference on Natural Resources, Tourism and Services Management 2015, 14-16 Apr. 2015, Hotel Promenade, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. pp. 114-120.

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Abstract

The tourism development in Kilim Karst Geoforest Park (KKGP) in Langkawi has brought many changes to the local community. These changes regarded as an important benefit to them. A household survey based on sample of 302 respondents in 3 villages around KKGP and a face to face was conducted in for 2 weeks. A Factor analysis was carried out to identify the respondents’ perception of economic impacts from ecotourism development in KKGP. Finding from data analysis show positive perceptions towards ecotourism development, it has been group into 6 factors which explained for 40% of variance extracted from 56 variables in the data namely: 1. Income Opportunities, 2. Entrepreneurial Opportunities, 3. Community Facilities, 4. Benefits to woman and youth, 5. Qualified boat operators, 6.Cottage industry from ecotourism development. Finally finding from data analysis show that ecotourism development bring more economic benefits towards local community, but if the development were carried out without properly strategy and planning, could influence perception local community vice versa. On the others hands the local authorities are responsible to plays as a vital role to bring a successful tourism development in KKGP and to maintain the increasing number of tourist that will keep coming to the destination and at the same time local community be able to get benefit from it.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keyword:Kilim Karst Geoforest Park; Local communities; Ecotourism; Factor analysis
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Forestry
Institute of Agricultural and Food Policy Studies
Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products
Publisher:Institut Kajian Dasar Pertanian dan Makanan, Universiti Putra Malaysia
ID Code:40926
Deposited By: Erni Suraya Abdul Aziz
Deposited On:29 Sep 2015 16:01
Last Modified:28 Jul 2016 10:29

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